Vesta was the virgin goddess of the hearth, home and family in Roman religion.

Residence: Forum Romanum
Symbols: Hearth, fire
Parents: Saturn and Ops
Siblings: Ceres, Juno, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto
Festivals: Vestalia
Greek equivalent: Hestia

Giustiniani Vesta, a perhaps Hadrianic Roman copy of a Greek bronze of c. 470 BC, Torlonia Collection.

She was rarely depicted in human form, and was often represented by the fire of her temple in the Forum Romanum. Entry to her temple was permitted only to her priestesses, the Vestals, who tended the sacred fire at the hearth in her temple.

Coin issued under Nero: the reverse depicts the cult statue of Vesta, holding a patera and scepter, within her hexastyle temple. (c)
Pin on VESTA
Statue of a Vestal Virgin.

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